Welcome to the FarmPath Kick-off Meeting! Farming Transitions: Pathways Towards Regional Sustainability of Agriculture in Europe
Consortium Members • Co-ordinator: Lee-Ann Sutherland, James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK • Science Leader: IkaDarnhofer, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences , Vienna • WP Leader George Vlahos, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece • WP leader Simone Schiller, Institute for Rural Development, Germany • WP leader Lukas Zagata, Czech Agricultural University of Prague, Czech Republic • WP leader Teresa Pinto-Correia, University of Evora, Portugal • Senior Scientific Advisor Geoff Wilson: University of Plymouth, UK • Plamen Mishev, University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria • Catherine Darrot, Institute for Life, Food and Horticultural Sciences and Landscaping, Rennes, France
The FarmPath Concept • In FarmPath, we propose that increasing sustainability of agriculture is best addressed by enabling flexible combinations of farming models, which vary to reflect the specific opportunity sets embedded in regional culture, agricultural capability, diversification potential, ecology and historic ownership and governance structures. • Using Transdisciplinary research • Sub-focus on young farmers and new entrants
FarmPath – focusing at regime level (Source: Geels, 2002:1261)
Aim and Objectives The overall goal of FarmPath is to identify and assess future transition pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe, and the social and technological innovation needs required to initiate and progress along these pathways. 1) To improve our understanding of transition processes in European agriculture 2) To provide an in-depth analysis of 7 to 10 types of farming models and initiatives, through 21 case studies in 7 European states 3) To assess future transition pathways for sustainable agriculture through the development and operationalisation of the concept of ‘regional sustainability of agriculture’.
Objectives (continued) 4) To identify mechanisms to provide viable models for young farmers, through an analysis of the engagement of young people in initiatives, evaluating the issues, preferences and challenges (including gender) facing young people in agriculture at local, regional, national and European levels. 5) To develop evidence-based policy recommendations at farming system, regional, national and EU levels for identifying and pursuing future transition pathways and social and technological innovation needs. 6) To initiate a network of regional level stakeholders and organizations involved in transition processes in agriculture and to further equip, enable and consolidate it. 7) To provide resources for policymakers, academics and other stakeholders in order to develop their understanding and enable pursuit of transition towards regional sustainability of agriculture in their own efforts and organisations.
Key FarmPath Outputs • Conceptual framework integrating transition management theory and with literature on agrarian change • study of 18-20 regional sustainability initiatives • Co-construction of 14 regional sustainability scenarios • Subfocus on issues affecting young farmers and new entrants • Production of ‘regional sustainability of agriculture handbook’ and academic book
Reference • Geels, Frank. (2002). Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: A multi‐level perspective and a case‐study. Research Policy 31(8‐9): 1257‐1274.